Telespazio achieves full certification of its Fucino Space Centre from the World Teleport Associatio


The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has achieved Tier 4 full certification of its Fucino Space Centre under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has certified more than 40 in 3 years, and currently has 10 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra and Arqiva. The industry has quickly adopted the transparent, independently verified standards as a means for teleports to differentiate themselves and for customers to choose the price-performance level suitable for their applications. Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. A teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The Association analyzes the data based on standards established by its Certification Committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. The teleport then has six months to achieve Full Certification. To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, an auditor is dispatched to visit the teleport, provide independent validation of the data submitted in the questionnaire, and identify additional factors that may positively or negatively affect the score. Full Certification is issued at a Tier number from 1 through 4, of which 4 represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for 3 years. “We are very proud for obtaining the Tier 4 full certification, granted by the WTA, for our Fucino Space Center. Telespazio continues to be a best in class service provider and this certification is the result of the continuous work carried out by our team to provide an excellent service”, said Marco Brancati, CTO of Telespazio. “This allows us to position ourselves with a clear differentiator which gives greater confidence to our customers. Our Space Center staff has the technical capability to support a wide variety of network services as well as the personal skills to work with customers to meet a specific need.” “Telespazio’s Fucino Space Centre has become the first teleport in Italy to gain full certification,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Satellite operators and end-customers are now including certification as a question in their RFPs, which increases the value of the program to teleport operators.”

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